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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2010

Today’s Clips – May 3, 2010  

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. 

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Educational Psychology Students Receive Awards From Hogg Foundation

College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin

April 28, 2010 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has honored Department of Educational Psychology doctoral students Adryon Burton Denmark and Johnathan Fowler with awards that will help them complete their academic research. 


Perry: Texas rejecting high-risk insurance pools

Houston Chronicle

May 1, 2010 

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry told federal officials on Friday that Texas would not participate in health insurance pools for high risk individuals that are being set up under the new national health care law. Perry, citing some of the same reasons he used to pull out of the Race to the Top education funding grant program in January, said there are not enough health care rules to guide the states. He also said he believes the $5 billion Congress set aside to set up pools in all 50 states for four years is inadequate. 

Medicare pay: SGR fatigue

American Medical News

May 3, 2010 

Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, MD, walked away from Medicare four years ago and has rarely looked back. Frustrated with the program's condition, the internist in Marble Falls, Texas, decided to see Medicare patients only on a private-contracting basis. … The decision to cut ties with Medicare -- and some of her older patients in the process -- was difficult at first. But now, Dr. Madrigal-Dersch says she could not imagine still being associated with a program whose pay system has crumbled to such a degree that Congress has resorted to patching scheduled cuts of more than 20% for as little as a month at a time. 

Texas facing tougher regulators, losing contracts

Dallas Morning News

May 3, 2010 

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry certainly has taken his shots at Washington officials, labeling them power-grabbing, free-spending socialists. And now he says the feds are firing back. … Stanford University professor Jane Hickey, who headed Texas' liaison office in Washington for Democratic Gov. Ann Richards, attributed the run of harsh news to a collision between the business-friendly, laissez faire approach of Texas and an administration oriented toward public health and tough enforcement. 

The Shell Game

Texas Tribune

May 3, 2010

… State budgeteers expect the gap between revenue and current spending to be somewhere in the $11 billion to $20 billion range, a classic money trap that leads to conversations about taxes, spending cuts, expanded (and taxable) gambling, using the Rainy Day Fund and new federal stimulus programs. 

For many women, returning home from war means a new challenge: being moms again

Austin American-Statesman

May 1, 2010

 … Elwanda Hawthorne, a counselor at the VA-run Austin Veterans Center, says female veterans — and especially mothers — face a set of challenges when they come home that is different from those of their male counterparts. Like male service members, women often return home emotionally exhausted. But, Hawthorne said, many mothers are thrust back into caretaker roles the moment they return from war. They get no time to readjust, even though the military advises service members to take time off to decompress once they return home. 

Rough start to a new life

San Antonio Express-News

May 3, 2010

… Cain was the first of 49 homeless men to move into Haven for Hope last week, inaugurating the $100 million campus that was built to house, feed and teach the city's homeless and to transform their lives. Homeless people will move into Haven in groups over the next couple months. At capacity, Haven will hold 1,400 people.

 State alleges abuse at adult care facility

Houston Chronicle

May 1, 2010

Staff at a day care center for elderly and disabled adults in Spring used chokeholds and headlocks to restrain unruly residents and verbally threatened them, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office charged on Friday in a case against Westridge Pinnacle Care.

 Ombudsman for state-supported living centers fights abuse allegation

Austin American-Statesman

April 30, 2010

 The former dentist who Gov. Rick Perry recently tapped to advocate for residents of state institutions is pushing to quash what he says are false abuse allegations made against him by a long-ago patient.

Family Pleas for Mental Health Facility for Inmates

Pro 8 News (Laredo)

April 30, 2010

A local family says Laredo is in desperate need of a facility for the mentally challenged.  … Vela was diagnosed with schizophrenia 25 years ago and now, also has a drug abuse problem. The family says they've asked authorities to take him in and refer him to a facility that can help.

A soldier's warning: How battling post-traumatic stress led to DUI


May 2, 2010

Honorato Marcos Rios, 24, is locked up behind bars in the Preston E. Smith Unit, a state prison in LaMesa, an hour south of Lubbock. Rios does not want not to offer excuses for his crimes or complain about his 20-year sentence.  …The help he admits he needed was for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  At the time of the crash, Rios had only recently returned from a 25-month tour of duty in Iraq.

 Police See Increase in Mentally Unstable Transports

KAVU (Victoria, TX)

May 3, 2010

The closing of the Citizen's mental health Victoria is putting a strain on the Victoria County Sheriff's department. Before the unit closed its doors, the sheriff's department had to transport three to six people a week to an in-patient facility outside of the Golden Crescent. Now the number has doubled.

Marine veteran found guilty of capital murder in ex-girlfriend's death

Fort Worth Star Telegram

May 1, 2010 

FORT WORTH -- Jurors deliberated for about three hours Friday evening before convicting Eric Acevedo of capital murder for killing his ex-girlfriend, rejecting the defense argument that Acevedo, a combat veteran of Iraq, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and, therefore, did not intend to kill her.


Tax breaks and loopholes that cost us $1 trillion a year have staunch defenders

Washington Post

May 2, 2010

 Under the new health-care law, millions of Americans will get government help to cover medical bills. Many will simply be added to the rolls of Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor. But the rest will get their subsidies a different way -- through tax credits that lower the cost of their insurance premiums and co-payments.

Rosalynn Carter pens new book about mental health

Austin American-Statesman

May 2, 2010

 ATLANTA (AP) — Standing outside an Atlanta cotton mill campaigning for her husband's bid to become governor of Georgia, Rosalynn Carter came upon a stooped and weary woman heading home to care for a mentally ill daughter. The pre-dawn encounter in 1966 would help launch a crusade that has lasted to this day. As her husband's political career catapulted him to the White House, Mrs. Carter worked to bring mental health to the fore. Her advocacy has continued long after the couple left the nation's capital and established the Carter Center in Atlanta.

In tide of new PTSD cases, fear of growing fraud

Washington Post

May 2, 2010

Moved by a huge tide of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress, Congress has pressured the Department of Veterans Affairs to settle their disability claims - quickly, humanely, and mostly in the vets' favor. The problem: The system is dysfunctional, an open invitation to fraud. And the VA has proposed changes that could make deception even easier.

 PTSD diagnosis a moving target

Austin American-Statesman

May 1, 2010

How is post-traumatic stress disorder defined today, and why has it been a moving target?

Sheila K. Cooper Named SAMHSA Tribal Coordinator

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

April 30, 2010

Sheila K. Cooper is the new SAMHSA Tribal Coordinator. The Coordinator’s position assists SAMHSA in achieving the goal to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in tribal communities.

 Arkansas group helps injured soldiers heal

Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)

April 30, 2010

LAFAYETTE - For today's military, there are different kinds of wounds.  … Then there are the ones that are largely unseen, the internal anguish that can remain once a member of the military returns home, with an often uncertain recovery period. And, medical problems can heighten mental and emotional ones.


 New research reveals mental health is everybody’s business

Christian Today (Australia)

May 2, 2010

Wesley Mission has called for mental health to be placed atop the national health and political agenda after it was revealed that a staggering 77 per cent of people in NSW have either suffered a mental health problem or know someone who has.


Something for Nothing

Texas Observer

May 1, 2010

Texas wisdom warns us that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But too many Texans believe that we can cut taxes and still expect the government services we need. They somehow think we can get something for nothing. … Along with our low taxes, Texas ranks near the bottom in education and health care.

 Editorial: More mental health courts are the right move

Jacksonville Journal Courier (Ill.)

May 2, 2010

 A handful of Illinois counties have instituted mental health courts in the past several years, and now the state Supreme Court wants to check how well they are working.

You don't have to be crazy, but it helps

San Diego Daily Transcript

April 30, 2010

Before I embarked upon the path of the business man, I tested whether or not I could pursue a career in psychotherapy. I worked for a year in the mental health ward of Mercy Hospital. Most of that year was on the "graveyard" shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., in the intensive care unit. This was a locked ward within a locked ward. During my relatively short tenure as a mental health worker, I was introduced to a wide variety of human behavioral dysfunctions. … But were they really problems? Depends on who you asked.

Adopted boy's return highlights problems in Russian orphanages

Washington Post

April 25, 2010

 … Russian orphans suffer from psychological disorders at much higher rates than do orphans in many other countries. Last year, sociologists reported in the journal Pediatrics that Russian and eastern European adoptees were three to seven times more likely to have mental problems than Chinese and Korean adoptees.

 End to Rescission, and More Good News

New York Times

May 2, 2010

Americans are already starting to see the benefits of health care reform. The new law requires health insurance companies — starting in September — to end their most indefensible practice: rescinding coverage after a policyholder gets sick. In recent days insurers and their trade association have rushed to announce that they will end rescissions immediately. That is very good news for the thousands of people who each year pay their premiums but lose their coverage just when they are likely to run up big medical bills.


Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks: Extra support is needed when children don't live with a parent, expert says

HealthDay News

May 2, 2010

Children who live with relatives instead of their parents are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems, new research shows. About 2.8 million children in the United States live with relatives, called kinship care, and about 800,000 are in foster care. Like those in foster care, the study found, children in kinship care experience a number of health issues.

 Children Can Display Symptoms of Psychosis

Psych Central News
May 3, 2010

A new study of British 12-year-olds suggests that nearly six percent may be showing at least one definite symptom of psychosis. Children were asked whether they had ever seen things or heard voices that weren’t really there, and then asked careful followup questions. The children who exhibited these symptoms had many of the same risk factors that are known to correlate with adult schizophrenia, including genetic, social, neurodevelopmental, home-rearing and behavioral risks.

Minority Children Feel Psychological Stress of Racism

Psych Central News
May 2, 2010

Children who experience discrimination are more susceptible to becoming depressed, new studies suggest.

Manitoba U Study Links Abortion and Mental Illness/Suicide (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

April 30, 2010

 Researchers at the University of Manitoba have published findings of a study showing a link between abortion, mental illness and suicide. The researchers, from the departments of psychology and psychiatry, as well as obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, found that abortion was associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and suicide attempts.

'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'

BBC News

May 1, 2010

 There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being. In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem. … Looking at men and women of different ages, the researchers found the health changes - physical and mental - were particularly strong in the young and the mentally ill.

 Obsessively Groomed Mice: A Gene Link to OCD

Time Magazine

April 29, 2010

It's hard to picture a mouse with mental health issues, but in their own tiny way, mice can suffer from at least one psychiatric condition: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Thanks to a new discovery from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, scientists may now be able to use that fact to help humans struggling with the same debilitating condition.,8599,1985244,00.html


Careers in Global Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

May 2010

The NIMH Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health invites qualified and early career professionals to the Careers in Global Mental Health meeting on July 30, 2010. …  We encourage individuals (recent graduates in any of the following disciplines: medicine, psychiatry, neurosciences, psychology, social work, public health, epidemiology, anthropology, sociology and other relevant degrees) interested in developing their skills and knowledge for addressing global mental health challenges through innovative research to apply. Interested individuals should submit a one page application by June 4, 2010.

The depression epidemic: We've got more freedom, wealth and opportunity... so why are so many women unhappy?

Daily Mail (UK)

May 3, 2010

 As numerous studies have confirmed, depression is a huge problem for women in the Western world, with a quarter likely to experience it at some point. People are ten times more likely to suffer from it now than in 1945, with women and teenage girls twice as susceptible as men. So why is a generation who enjoys more freedom, opportunity and independence than their mothers or grandmothers seemingly far more unhappy?

Film hopes to break through stigma

Traverse City Record Eagle (Mich.)

April 30, 2010

TRAVERSE CITY — A film chronicling a local agency's efforts to shatter stigmas associated with mental illness received out-of-state attention. "To See What I See: The Stigma of Mental Illness" details the Stigma Busters project of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. The film was shown Sunday at the 6th Annual New York City Mental Health Film Festival. The 20-minute film shares stories of people who experienced mental illness and describes the devastating impact that associated stigmas can have.

Mental health program helps sufferers gain control

Fredericksburg Freelance Star (Va.)

May 2, 2010

… The Wellness Recovery Action Plan is designed to help people take control of their mental illnesses, rather than the other way around. It was developed by author Mary Ellen Copeland, who suffered from mental illness herself and created the program based on personal responsibility, education, hope and support.

 Defining post-traumatic stress disorder

WTNH (New Haven, CT)

May 3, 2010

How is post-traumatic stress disorder defined today, and why has it been a moving target?  …Criteria for PTSD remain in flux as the diagnostic manual now enters its fifth reworking.

 May Is Mental Health Month

Bonham Journal

May 3, 2010

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Month throughout the United States. The theme for this year is “Live Your Life Well.” The theme challenges us to promote whole health and wellness in home, community, and school, and informs us on how this is attainable. Mental health is important to all of us for our well being.


GE Foundation Grants $1.25 Million to Health Centers in Houston

Philanthropy News Digest

May 1, 2010

The GE Foundation and the GE Corporate Diversity Council have announced a grant of $1.25 million to five Houston community health centers to help expand primary care for uninsured and underserved populations around the city.;jsessionid=ROPMOUWS0DBCBLAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=292200006

 May Is Funding for Education Month at the Foundation Center; Free Resources and Special Events for Nonprofits, Scholarship Seekers

Foundation Center

May 3, 2010

New York, NY — This May, the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit with locations around the country, is holding Funding for Education Month. It will offer special programs specifically for those in the education arena: free events, classes, and online resources designed to help nonprofits and individuals alike become more effective grantseekers and find new funding prospects.


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